Madison County is one of 99 counties that saw their unemployment rates rise from July 2018 to July 2019 with an increase of 0.4%, rising from 4.4% unemployment to 4.8%.

Unemployment rates fell in 15 and stayed the same in six counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

In the July 2019 preliminary report, Madison County recorded 44,096 employed persons, and 2,211 unemployed.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 3.7%. It was followed by Boone County, 3.8%; Fayette County, 3.9%; Campbell, Kenton, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.1% each; and Bourbon, Cumberland and Shelby counties, 4.2% each.

Harlan County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.1%. It was followed by Magoffin County, 13%; Leslie County, 11.8%; Carter and Lewis counties, 9.8% each; Wolfe County, 9.3%; Elliott County, 9.1%; Letcher County, 8.8%; Knott County, 8.7% and Breathitt and Martin counties, 8.5% each.

The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 5.1% for July 2019, and 4% for the nation.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends.

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